Troy was showing off their M5 9mm Rifle at SHOT Show this year. The M5 is a combination of the highly popular AR-15 platform, and the re-surging 9mm cartridge. In fact, the 9mm has seen such impressive improvements in design and terminal characteristics that many police agencies, including the FBI, are moving back to this time-honored cartridge. Always looking to improve on a good idea, the Troy M5 is packed with some of the best Troy accessories that will no doubt make the M5 a powerful contender in the 9mm carbine/rifle market.
Troy has established such a solid footprint in the firearms industry, when they produce a firearm or accessory it seems everyone takes note, and for good reason. Troy produces amazing firearms, and their innovative accessories often set trends and often become industry leaders.
NOTE: Before I get too far, the floor model appeared to be for show model only. The stock on the display model did not match the very limited information provided for the M5, and Troy did not have all the specifications listed. The first hint of this rifle/carbine was at the 2014 IACP Conference when it was labeled the M5SD, but there has barely been a whisper more since then. This is the “ready or not” in the title. Is the M5 ready to ship, or is Troy noting the feedback from the SHOT Show crowd. I’m hoping for the M5 is be ready to go!
Troy M5 9mm Rifle (M5SD)
The M5 is not an AR-15 converted to use 9mm, but instead is specifically built to fire 9mm. The M5 comes with a 16″, pre-threaded barrel, AR-15 receivers and features, and with the Troy BattleAx CQB stock. Fully extended the M5 is most definitely rifle length. However, that same BattleAx CQB stock is capable of collapsing in tight allowing the M5 to take on a more carbine look and size.
The few specifications of the M5 9mm Rifle I could find:
- Collapsed length: 27.5 inches
- Weight: 6.44 pounds (unloaded)
- MSRP: $1299.00.
Regardless of name, the Troy M5 is packed with the excellent features we’ve come to expect from Troy. Here are the Troy accessories that come standard on the M5 9mm Rifle:
- Troy TRX3 Revolution BattleRail
- Troy BattleAx CQB Stock
- Troy Standard Rear Folding Round BattleSight
- Troy M4 Front Folding BattleSight
- Troy Control Grip
- Enlarged Magazine Release Button.
The Troy M5 9mm rifle is designed to accept any standard Glock 9mm magazines without any modifications. There was no information on whether the new Magpul Glock magazines, or the ETS Glock magazines would work, but I imagine they would as well.
The Troy TRX3 Revolution BattleRail appears to be made from carbon fiber, making the rail incredibly strong yet very lightweight. The Revolution has a full length Picatinny rail on top, providing plenty of space for optics, lights or other accessories. The large vent hole design on the Revolution provides ample heat dissipation, and appear they would allow M-Lok rail sections to be added as needed.
The Troy BattleAx CQB Stock (listed as standard for the M5) is a fine selection. The BattleAx has multiple positions to fit the shooter’s desired length of pull and fit. There is a large storage compartment inside the rear of the stock, and the BattleAx CQB comes with a QD attachment and sling mount.
For some reason Troy had what appeared to be a slightly modified M7A1 PDW stock on the display model, instead of the BattleAx CQB. I’m glad they did because it opens up a really nice option to the end-user, and the PDW stock collapses even closer. Many shooters, whether professional or recreational, really appreciate being able to make their rifle small when needed.
The Standard Troy BattleSights easily come on target, and are foldable when not needed. These sights take up a standard front post with round rear aperture. This is a perfect set-up for attaching a reflex sight of choice with the BattleSights as co-witnessing back-ups. However, the M5 BattleSights were not the Tritium versions Troy offers, though the later would obviously be an option.
The Troy Control Grip has aggressive scales that provide an fantastic grip, and is still very comfortable to hold. The locking door at the bottom allows the shooter to store small items like batteries.
The Trigger guard is enlarged, with a noticeable dip towards the front, intended to improve the effectiveness of shooting while wearing gloves.
Troy barely mentions their M5 9mm Rifle in their 2016 Product Catalogue, and it has not yet been added on their websites. However, having the show tag above sure makes it sound like Troy is committed. If this rifle actually hits the market, I could see them literally flying off the shelves.
Glock still holds a massive share of the American law enforcement market. Considering the enormous rise in 9mm popularity again, the Troy M5 9mm rifle could easily take the place of the once common Heckler & Koch MP-5, allowing officers to use the same magazines for their long gun and pistol.